ArtSpace Charter School offers a complete education, through an integrated curriculum centered around visual and performing arts, utilizing an experiential approach. We believe in a family-centered, cooperative approach to education that encourages parental involvement and community service in order to nurture responsible citizenship. Click to explore our classroom pages.
Essential foundations for life-long learning begin with a solid command of literacy and mathematics. Math Investigations and the literacy program, Fundations, are integrated into the exploratory arts, self-discovery, and social interaction. Outside the classroom, children learn responsible citizenship through service projects, such as spending time with the elderly at Mountain Care.
Literacy and mathematics come to life through an exploration of World Cultures. Their “Trip Around the World” includes exciting projects like making landforms, sculpting clay penguins, writing Chinese characters (alphabet), and maneuvering Japanese puppets. They write and perform original plays on habitats and cultures from around the globe. Math Investigations and Fundations literacy program are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Diversity and multiculturalism drive the second grade curriculum Foreign language instruction in Spanish enhances literacy skills and the understanding of Latin-American cultures. Integration includes family fiestas, Latin-American artist studies (eg. Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo), salsa dance and music, internet research, and a student-written theatre production. Math Investigations is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Third graders build an understanding of personal strengths and challenges through the study of Multiple Intelligences during the Superheroes Project. History comes to life in third grade when we explore leadership characteristics. Inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party installation at the Brooklyn Museum, students research a historic figure, write a monologue, create a costume, form a clay plate, and then host an interactive evening for parents. Writing workshops open opportunities for real-world writing application. Math Investigations is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Fourth graders explore the curriculum through overarching themes. Students are immersed in the history and culture of North Carolina through various role plays, re-enactments, and the arts. In math we bring fundamental concepts to life through storytelling and authentic, real-world applications. We use the scientific method to encourage critical thinking skills. Teachers create a rhythm to each day and to the year focused on the development of the whole child.
Fifth graders explore European expansion into the Americas. After learning about the two engaging cultures, Native American and European, each class chooses a culture to further examine. Students assume roles as Native Americans and European Explorers presenting their interpretations of the cultural exchange through song, dance, and original monologues.
Sixth graders engage in a variety of learning activities and projects. Activities include annual Shakespeare and Greek performances, multi-media presentations, Renaissance and war crimes trial role plays, an Ecosystem/photosynthesis project, plate tectonics-building, experiments with igneous rocks and annual field trips to places like Grovestone Quarry, Diana Wortham Theater, and Warren Wilson College hiking trails. In sixth grade, we focus on community building efforts. We “grow” our community through class meetings, team-building activities, group projects and experiential field trips.
Seventh graders begin the transition toward the more traditional approach to education they will experience in high school. Students are introduced to four core subject teachers and rotate classrooms. We offer leveled mathematic instruction to serve the academic needs of each student. In science, students spend four months on a comprehensive study of human body systems. The subjects of Language Arts and Social Studies integrate as students read literature from Asia, Africa, and Australia. Students are offered a choice of electives to further develop artistic skills in the areas of their interest.
The eighth grade curriculum integrates the arts and sciences with each student’s place in the natural world, and encourages each student to form a vision for their future. To help students develop realistic educational goals and a detailed plan for their high school education, a variety of instructional practices are used in a multidisciplinary context in an effort to show the interconnections of life. At the culmination of the year, eighth grade students participate in service activities to finance a week-long field trip to the Outer Banks which highlights curricular studies and serves to create a deeper sense of connection through a truly unforgettable experience.